Lava Glass Blowing Studio, Taupo

(3.8/5 based on 440+ reviews on the web)
Discover a captivating art form at Lava Glass Blowing Studio, a center dedicated to introducing visitors to the techniques of glassblowing. Watch artisans design and create pieces in the studio, and study the finished articles in the onsite gallery. The volcanic series of designs offers a particularly rich perspective on New Zealand's scenery and diverse landscapes, with colorful patterns and mystical shapes emulating the look and feel of the country. You can purchase these original pieces from an extensive range available in the onsite shop, as well as enjoying a light meal and freshly made cakes in the cafe. Use our Taupo travel itinerary maker to add Lava Glass Blowing Studio and other attractions to your Taupo vacation plans.
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  • Watch craftsmen making artist glass pieces, blowing molten glass and giving a great commentary, quite an eye opener. The cafe serves lovely food. We had a light lunch, it was lovely. Didn't have time ...  more »
  • While the glass exhibitions at this place are amazing the cafe food is not. The food is average at best and the coffee awful. We tried this place twice in a week and each time were disappointed. We'll...  more »
  • So worth a visit. The glass pieces are spectacular, the staff friendly and helpful, not pushy. The cafe food was delicious, I had the Tree Hugger salad, portobello mushroom, beetroot, spinach - most u...  more »
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  • Great experience! The glass ornaments taking shape in the hands of the master craftsman is really fascinating. The Glass garden is a great showcase of beautiful glassware in the shape of flowers and ornaments. The coffee and food is great! The unexpected surprise is the Blackforest Rocky Road from the cafe - best in town! A big thank you to the friendly staff @ Lava Glass for making the experience so memorable. Cheers!
  • A brilliant breakfast, served by friendly, helpful staff, followed by a viewing of a glass blower working in the furnace room. Watching the glass blower work, he was happy to chat about the process while doing so, adding a lot of extra details which we craved. A great morning, and the glass garden was lovely and tranquil. Highly recommended .
  • The glass blowing and cafe were awesome. However the whole experience was let down by the woman at the front of the studio who was incredibly pretentious and rude. I recommend the place as a great stop in taupo, it's just a shame to have that experience and last stop of our holiday tainted.
  • Studio and garden experience well worth it; great to see brilliant craftsmen at work enjoying their craft and great value.
  • lava glass is an awesome place to see how they actually make the bowls and vases etc. the entry fee for the workshop and the sculpture garden is $10 and one even gets a discount if he purchases anything fromt eh glass shop. the glass items will definitely cost you and arm and leg if you want to purchase something. But i think the cost is pretty decent looking at the amount of labour that goes behind the making of 1 glass bowl should definitely visit this place.